"In the ghetto? Hardly. This city is beautiful." Oakland by cvilla007

Oakland Travel Guide: 249 reviews and 517 photos

In San Fran's shadow

One of my adopted hometowns, Oakland is located across the bay from San Francisco. It's population is about 400,000, and it has nourished an interesting jazz & arts community. Oakland has one of the largest harbors in the United States, and also is home to the US's largest saltwater lake.

Oakland is really a great place. It's only problem is that it's too close to America's most beautiful city San Francisco. In fact, when people from San Francisco are in Oakland, they say they are 'slumming'. Oakland has a dangerous, and well-deserved reputation. I suggest you check it out during the daytime. You must also see Chinatown and nearby Berkeley. Oakland is really worth visiting if you ask me.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Proximity to San Francisco
  • Cons:Proximity to San Francisco
  • In a nutshell:If you can't afford to live in San Francisco, Oakland 'ain't' that bad.
  • Last visit to Oakland: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2005 at 8:37 PM

    Oakland is the Niteroi of California, very close to SF as Niteroi where I live is very close to Rio. SO I UNDERSTAND OKALAND ALOT!;) My kisses to Oakland!;)

  • Jun 26, 2001 at 12:38 AM

    JackLondon Sq? wow, I luv his Call of theWild & WhiteFang!

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2001 at 8:40 PM

    Nice page. Check out Spettro next time.


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